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Extreme Beach Clean

Event Date: 3rd December 2016, 10:00 – 15:30

Event Category: Beach Clean / Activity

Location: Cockington Mouth

Suitable for: All – walk will be about 45 minutes to and from the beach and pebbles on the beach will be lose underfoot.

Cost: Free

We have an exciting beach cleaning event coming up on Saturday 3rd December at Cockington Mouth.

You may or may not have heard about this stretch of beach – it’s just south of Greencliff and north of Peppercombe where the South West Coast Path touches down onto the beach (Google friendly coordinates: 51.010904, -4.286651). Due to the remote location there is a phenomenal amount of marine litter that collects there and doesn’t ever get taken away. Due to further logistical reasons about accessibility from the land Skern Lodge will be removing the collected litter by boat later in the week.

This will be an all-day volunteering event from 10am – 3:30pm. The plan is to meet at Greencliff Farm (EX39 5BL) at 10am and walk along the coast path (approximately 45 mins) to Cockington Mouth to bag up as much litter as we can find and leave it at the top of the beach for collection by boat two to three days later. We will then return to Greencliff at around 2:30pm to be rewarded with lots of tea and cake. You will need to bring adequate sturdy footwear, warm and waterproof clothing and lunch. Well controlled dogs welcome. All beach cleaning equipment provided. Parking is available at Greencliff farm – please car share if possible.

We’re proud to say that all marine borne litter from the clean will be recycled with the help of the BeachCare project run by Keep Britain Tidy as part of their marine waste recycling trial. Everything except rope and nets will be recycled at Devon Contract Waste who aims to reduce recyclables entering landfill. Rob Thompson from Fathoms Free will be recycling the fishing net into locally made kayaks and the rope will be made into floor tiles. We see this as huge progress for recycling materials which previously weren’t able to be recycled due to their condition.

This beach clean is supported by the AONB, Skern Lodge, National Trust, Surfers Against Sewage, Keep Britain Tidy and it wouldn’t be possible without our funding from Tesco Bags of Help.

Please contact Cat Oliver for more information: catherine.oliver@devon.gov.uk